August 10, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

The stuff of conspiracy theory

My friend Arthur Goldwag once said the problem with conspiracy theories is that sometimes real conspiracies occur, and when they do, they can give credence to all conspiracy theories. Well, today the AP confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a federal prison. He was found dead this morning. Epstein had already once attempted suicide.…

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My friend Arthur Goldwag once said the problem with conspiracy theories is that sometimes real conspiracies occur, and when they do, they can give credence to all conspiracy theories.

Well, today the AP confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a federal prison. He was found dead this morning. Epstein had already once attempted suicide. He was on suicide watch. He didn’t kill himself secretly, as with poison or some such. He killed himself in dramatic fashion—all of which raises all kinds of questions, the least of which is how did that happen when it should not have.

As I said, that’s the least question. The greatest questions are steeped in the fact that Epstein had the potential of implicating in a child sex ring some of the most powerful people in the world. Bloomberg reported some involved yesterday. They include Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor and US Energy Department Secretary; George Mitchell, former senator and architect of the Good Friday Peace Accords between the UK and Northern Ireland; and the UK’s Prince Andrew. Read more here.

And they include the president of the United States.

The most parsimonious read on today’s news is that someone made a mistake. The least parsimonious read is that someone(s) set in motion a conspiracy aiming to silence Epstein. For now, I’ll take incompetence over malice. But I want to see more, much more. We owe the victims justice. —JS

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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition open and available to all. Find him @johnastoehr.

3 Comments

  1. Carrington Ward on July 30, 2021 at 7:52 am
    • Danielle72 on July 30, 2021 at 7:52 am

      That’s great but, these were movies NOT real life & if people are clapping it’s bc it’s a freakin movie. To hear someone at his level, yearn for this “Mickey mouse” style policing is not only terrifying but BS. This administration is so clueless.

      • Carrington Ward on July 30, 2021 at 7:52 am

        Absolutely. But the juxtaposition is between the ‘rough justice’ Barr imagined, and the ‘rough justice’ that Epstein allegedly chose for himself.

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